IWC makes the first arrests in the murder case of Yogesh Gowda

NEW DELHI: He has arrested and detained some suspects in connection with the murder of BJP worker in 's in 2016, officials said Sunday.

These are the first arrests in the case, they said.

The agency's sources said that its operation of further arrest of suspects based on the interrogation of detained and arrested persons is spread over several states and is likely to continue overnight, therefore, the details cannot be shared.

Gowda, a BJP zilla panchayat member, was killed in his on June 15, 2016 by unidentified men, they said.

The agency took over the investigation on the recommendation of the Karnataka government, they said.

It is alleged that Gowda had a gym in Dharwad. He was friends with, the main accused, during the last 10 years with different political inclinations.

Gowda learned of a land purchase agreement from Muttagi. Gowda had threatened Muttagi that he should not buy the land, since he was in the custody of the former and, if he still proceeded, would kill him.

Karnataka police had already completed the investigation and filed a charge sheet against six defendants on September 9, 2016.

It is alleged that Muttagi plotted a criminal conspiracy to kill Gowda.

When Gowda arrived at his gym on June 15, 2016, Muttagi accomplices threw chili powder on his face and beat him to death.

The killers escaped in three two-wheelers. The case is being tried in the District and Sessions Court, Dharwad.

After the change in the Karnataka government, the matter was handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation.